Endowed Professorships

Twelve endowed professorships in six of our schools include a significant public service dimension. The holders of these professorships are leaders in building active citizenship as a defining strength of Tufts. Their distinguished scholarship and teaching intellectually anchor and promote active citizenship across the University. They demonstrate our commitment to achieving excellence in research and in public service at the same time. All of them contribute directly to public policy – applying their research to public decision-making, by serving, for example, on national commissions and presenting testimony to Congress.

The scholarship of some focuses directly on citizen participation in  public public or on the development of civic values and skills. Each enjoys a high international reputation for the impacts she or he have
made on their respective fields.

Below are the current appointees to Tufts University endowed professorships that include a significant public service dimension.

Jeffrey M. Berry

John Richard Skuse, Class of 1941, Professor of Political Science
School of Arts & Sciences

 Professor Berry’s research focuses on policymaking in Washington, interest groups, Massachusetts politics, nonprofits, and urban government. Recent books include Lobbying and Policy Change and A Voice for Nonprofits.

Read more: Professor Jeff Berry Discusses Student Commitment to Civic Engagement

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Christina D. Economos

New Balance Chair in Childhood Nutrition
Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy

 Dr. Economos’ research efforts have addressed the interaction between exercise, diet, and body composition aimed at preventing osteoporosis and obesity, starting in early childhood. She is the principal investigator of multiple large-scale studies examining childhood nutrition and physical activity with the goal of inspiring behavior, policy, and environmental change to improve the health of America’s children. She has worked effectively with diverse communities and has crafted, implemented, and evaluated physical activity and nutrition education curriculum. Dr. Economos’ work engages theory and scientific evidence as vehicles to spark systemic, community-based change.

Read more: Professor Christina Economos Engaging the Community in Research

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Mark Nehring

Delta Dental of Massachusetts Professorship in Public Health and Community Service
School of Dental Medicine

 Mark E. Nehring, M.Ed., D.M.D., M.P.H. was appointed the Delta Dental of Massachusetts Professor in Public Health and Community Service and Chair of the Department of Public Health and Community Service effective February 1, 2012.  Prior to coming to Tufts, Dr. Nehring was the Acting Chief Dental Officer, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), concurrently held while Chief Dental Officer of HRSA’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) in Rockville, Maryland.  The Delta Dental of Massachusetts Professorship in Public Health and Community Service was established by the generosity of Delta Dental of Massachusetts in 2006, to improve care and access to dental care for persons with special needs and other underserved populations, and expand Tufts’ use of a clinical database to create best practices for dental treatment guidelines for persons with special needs.

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Robert Hollister

Pierre and Pamela Omidyar Professor
Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service

 Professor Hollister is dean of the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service and the Pierre and Pamela Omidyar Chair of Citizenship and Public Service. A specialist in citizen participation in public affairs, he has been engaged in teaching graduate and undergraduate students, practicing professionals, and citizens for over 30 years, and has led planning and development of Tufts uniquely comprehensive approach to education for active citizenship. Rob previously served as dean of the Tufts Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, director of the Lincoln Filene Center for Citizenship and Public Affairs, and chair of the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning.

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Richard M. Lerner

Bergstrom Chair in Applied Developmental Science
School of Arts & Sciences

 Professor Lerner studies the factors that influence the development of children and that enable them to have a positive impact on their communities. His work is highlighted in two ongoing studies, the 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development, supported by the National 4-H Council, and The Role of Spiritual Development in Growth of Purpose, Generosity, and Psychological Health in Adolescents, supported by the John Templeton Foundation.

Read more: Professor Richard Lerner Researches How Children Contribute to Their Communities

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Alice H. Lichtenstein

Stanley N. Gershoff Chair in Nutrition Science and Policy
Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy

 Professor Lichtenstein is an expert in nutrition policy. She helped redesign the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s food pyramid, specifically tailoring a version for older adults. As a former chair of the Nutrition Committee of the American Heart Association, Lichtenstein led an effort to update the association’s dietary guidelines. She also worked with the American Cancer Society and American Diabetes Association on similar guidelines to avoid inconsistencies among the dietary recommendations of the organizations.

Read more: Professor Alice Lichtenstein Applies Nutrition Research to Public Policy

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Aviva Must

Morton A. Madoff, M.D., M.P.H., Chair in Community Health
School of Medicine

 Professor Must’s research focuses on the epidemiology of obesity across the lifespan with a particular interest in physical and psychosocial health consequences during adolescence. Current projects explore bidirectional associations of child mental health with obesity, and effects of early obesity on tooth eruption. Additional research foci include the development of valid survey measures and surveillance systems for pediatric obesity and proximal modifiable behaviors (nutrition, physical activity, sedentary behavior). Recent efforts have been directed towards developing the descriptive epidemiology and health promotion for children with special health care needs, a population of youth who have been underserved by preventive health efforts due to their complex medical needs.

Read more: Professor Aviva Must researches obesity factors as a social justice issue

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George Norman

Cummings Family Chair in Entrepreneurship and Business Economics
School of Arts & Sciences

 Professor Norman’s current interests lie in the general field of modern industrial organization. Specific interests are in mergers and merger policy, technology choice and the structural effects of market deregulation. He is currently an Associate Editor of Regional Science and Urban Economics and Bulletin of Economic Research. He has authored and edited numerous books including, Economies of Scale, Transport Costs, and Location and Spatial Pricing and Differentiated Markets. He is also the author (with D. Richards and L. Pepall) of Industrial Organization: Contemporary Theory and Practice.

Read more: Professor George Norman Guides New Leadership Minor

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Saul Tzipori

Agnes Varis University Chair in Science and Society
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine

 A pioneer the field of comparative medicine in infectious diseases, Professor Tzipori researches infectious diseases in humans by studying similar or identical diseases in animals. This topic is of growing concern as over the last half century 70% of emerging infectious diseases in humans originated in animals, including AIDS, SARS, avian flu, West Nile virus, east and west equine encephalitis and Lime disease.

Read more: Professor Saul Tzipori Applies Veterinary Skills to Improve Human Public Health

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Peter Uvin

Henry J. Leir Chair in Humanitarian Studies
Fletcher School

 Professor Uvin, who also serves as Director of Institute for Human Security, is one of the foremost figures in the field of research on development practices. His work centers around concerns that traditional methods of development actively contributed to the dynamics of social polarization and social exclusion that, in some cases, led to structural violence. Uvin has written extensively on the topic including two books, Aiding Violence: The Development Enterprise in Rwanda (Kumarian Press, 1998), and Human Rights and Development (Kumarian Press, 2004).

Read more: Professor Peter Uvin Continues to Transform International Development

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Peter John Charles Walker

Irwin H. Rosenberg Professorship in Nutrition and Human Security
Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy

 Professor Walker, who also serves as the director of the Alan Shawn Feinstein International Center, studies humanitarian crises, researching how oganizations adapt and developing models for responding to future global stress. His work centers on creating detailed, evidence-based research that can be used to develop lasting solutions to humanitarian conflicts.

Read more: Professor Peter Walker: Effective global citizenship uses skills and discipline to harness ideals

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Maryanne Wolf

John DiBiaggio Professor of Citizenship and Public Service
School of Arts & Sciences

 Professor Wolf’s research incorporates cognitive and neural sciences, linguistics and child development theory to understand the variations in the ‘reading brain.’ Her work also applies those understandings to the classroom, defining the range of dyslexia and developing appropriate interventions.

Read more: Fellowship supports Maryanne Wolf to apply her research

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